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Microsoft May Face Anti-trust Investigation in China

Shanghai Securities News, 6/18/08

An authoritative source has revealed that officials at the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) are organizing a research unit to launch an investigation into monopolistic practices by the international software titan Microsoft. Following the official promulgation of the "Anti-trust Law of the People's Republic of China" on August 1, this unit may organize affected firms in a lawsuit against Microsoft.

The investigation will apparently center in two areas: the first is discriminatory pricing - there are allegations that Microsoft's operating system and office suite are being priced more highly on the Chinese market than in the United States. The second concerns monopolistic behavior in the operating system and office software space, along with software bundling practices which make it difficult for domestic software businesses to survive.

Keywords: bundling law Microsoft office software pricing SIPO software litigation OS

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